“Action Open / Bolt Open”
Unless the rifle is cased, the actions must be open (in some cases with
an Empty Chamber Indicator (ECI) inserted) at all times except when the competitor is in
period or conducting live fire.
"The range is closed - the pits are now opened"
Those required for pit duty must proceed
immediately to the pits. Pit personnel should have eye
and ear protection, and MUST HAVE A PEN for any scoring that may be required.
"The pits are closed
- the range is now open"
There is no going forward of the firing line. Nobody should be leaving
the pits. Live firing may proceed.
"Shooters, in detail “X”, bring your
equipment to the firing line"
You are to bring your equipment to the line, but do not proceed to prepare
yourself for the following firing practice.
"Your three minute preparation period
begins when your target appears"
(This preparation time is timed by the
When your target
appears, you may prepare your shooting position, equipment, handle the
rifle, sling up and dry-fire. (Shooters are recommended that they
utilise this preparation period as there is NO further time given to the
shooter to make ready for the following course.
"Your preparation period has ended"
targets will go down after the 3minutes has expired)
At this point, the
Match Director or Range Officer
will give an introduction to the match, telling you the course to be
conducted, time limit allowed, number
of rounds to be fired, etc.
"Adopt “X” position for your
(Only required for Rapid Fire strings - Not needed for slow fire strings).
Bolts should remain OPEN.
Wait 30 seconds then announce next command.
"You now have a 2 minute sighter period for 2 slow
(Not needed for slow fire
strings as sighters are part of the string overall time limit).
(Range Officer advises pits officer the 2minute sighting period is about to
commence - put targets up).
Shooters shoot 2 slow fire (single round) sighting shots in the prescribed
period has ended”
(Not needed for slow fire
strings as sighters are part of the overall time limit).
(Only required for the Rapid Fire strings). Shooters stand with rifle
while actions are open and rifles clear.
bolt remaining open, load, ?x? rounds"
process of inserting ammunition into the rifle by either charging the
internal magazine, or attaching a magazine that contains rounds.
Actions MUST remain open. When the load command is given, the magazine
of the rifle is charged with the prescribed number of rounds for the
string/s. The bolt remains open, and the chamber empty.Shooters will have
approx 20 seconds
to load prescribed rounds. DO NOT close the bolt.
The bolt is closed on a live round, the safety is applied, sights aligned.
No finger is permitted inside the trigger guard.
"Ready on the right, Ready on the left, All ready on the
tell the shooters that the firing line is ready, and the string will
commence when the targets appear. This should be announced to shooters
and at the same time to the pits. This command is typically used
during "Rapid Fire" or "Snap Fire" strings.
"Your time will begin, and you may
fire, when your target appears"
Used to start slow fire (application) strings.
You may close your bold and commence fire within the prescribed time limit.
With the targets exposed, and ready, begin firing. This command is
typically used during "Deliberate" strings. This command is only used
during the 3PRB.
“Watch and Shoot”:
When the targets appear, begin firing. This command is typically used
during the AMC for "Rapid Fire" and "Snap Fire" strings.
When Cease Fire is called, the shooter will immediately stop firing, and
unload the rifle.
An unloaded rifle is one that has an open action, and contains no cartridge
in either the chamber or the magazine (internal or attached to rifle).
“Clear all rifles and insert ECI”:
There is NO ammunition in the rifle, the bolt is open (or removed),
detachable magazines are removed and an
Empty Chamber Indicator (ECI) is inserted.
"Shooters, make you rifles safe"
Open the bolt (some ranges require you to remove your bolt), or put in
open Empty Chamber Indicator (ECI).
Rifles will be inspected by another person. There may be 1 or 2
inspections depending on range.
“Is the line safe?”:
Safety officers are to check shooter firearms for clear and inserted ECI,
then confirm to the range officer the range is safe (clear).
"Are there any saved rounds or Alibis?"
During Rapid Fire. DO NOT fix a miss-fire,
etc if you want to take advantage of a re-fire. Look for a range officer for
help and instructions. If someone else had problems, you will be given
further instructions. If you have saved rounds (shots that did not get
fired within the time limit) let a range officer know so the markers in the
pits know there is less that prescribed holes in the target.
Shooters will look towards the
target line to see their target containing spotting disks to highlight where
the shots went. The target will appear and stay exposed during the score
reading time, and will remain exposed for 30seconds after the score is
relayed back to the firing line.
by for your scores and groups"
For Rapid Fire strings. The targets will appear with spotting discs
inserted in the bullet holes and the scores will be relayed back to the
firing line. If you are not around for the score, you will miss out.
"Shooters, remove your equipment from the line"
DO NOT leave any
equipment on the firing line unless what is left will be used by the next
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